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Death and destruction as Boko Haram launches fresh attacks in Cameroon

A Christian family in northern Cameroon look through what is left of their home after it was burned down on 23 February by Boko Haram militants (World Watch Monitor)

(World Watch Monitor) Boko Haram insurgents continue to carry out attacks outside the borders of Nigeria, where the group began.

The Islamists recently attacked two villages in northern Cameroon, close to the north-eastern border with Nigeria, leaving one person dead and many homes destroyed by fire.

The 23 February attack on Virkaza and nearby Tchebechebe was the fourth time Boko Haram has raided villages in Cameroon this year.

During the latest attack, militias set fire to more than 100 huts, a Catholic church and school. The fires claimed the life of one person, who has not yet been named.

A survivor of the attack told World Watch Monitor what happened.

“They attacked Virkaza and Tchebechebe at about 8pm. We started hearing gunshots way before, but it seems that is when they started their attack. We saw the flames at about 8.30pm,” said the survivor, who did not want to be named.

A church leader in Tourou said he could see the fire 25km away.

According to the survivor, Boko Haram militants arrived in the villages “and simply did as they pleased. The army fired shots from afar and the attackers stopped their carnage for a while, but, when they couldn’t hear shots anymore, the attackers simply started burning again, attacking the two villages at the same time”.

There was no resistance from security forces because the area is “very difficult to access”, they said, and the insurgents left the area at around 2am “when they disappeared back across the Nigerian border”.

This latest attack is not the first time that Boko Haram has ventured beyond its borders.

In 2017 there were 32 attacks in Cameroon, two in Chad, and seven in Niger, according to the BBC. There were fewer cross-border attacks last year (41) than in 2016 (47), but the incursions were into the same three countries, all of which border north-eastern Nigeria – the group’s stronghold. There were 80 Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria in 2016, and 109 in 2017. Figures show a growing emphasis on the use of suicide attacks in both Nigeria and Cameroon.

Other attacks in northern Cameroon
Earlier in February, a Boko Haram attack in Gitawa left six dead, including a pregnant woman. Five of the victims were Christian.

The group claimed responsibility for the 15 January attack on Roum, which left four dead after the militants stormed the village and set fire to homes and two churches. On 17 January Boko Haram militants set fire to four houses in Dafidalo.

A church leader in the region told World Watch Monitor the attackers’ aim is to “push us out to occupy these zones”, and that they are seeking revenge for counter-attacks by government forces.

Another church leader, from Mozogo, said: “It is very difficult for the people here. They don’t have anything left for themselves. [Boko Haram] leave no house standing… They took away the money of the church, which was kept in safes… In the night, we just call on God to help us to see the day.”

Before this year’s cross-border attacks on Cameroon, the region had enjoyed a period of relative calm. The last attack was in August 2017 when Boko Haram kidnapped six siblings from Moskota, after killing their father. All the children, aged between three and 15, later managed to escape when their guard fell asleep. They were found by vigilantes and handed over to the Cameroon military.

Police reported that at least 13 people had been killed in clashes that broke out on Monday (26 February) between Christian and Muslim youths in Kaduna state. Police commissioner Austin Iwar said: “We don’t want to jump to conclusions as to what led to the mayhem. The speculation was that some Christian boys were not happy that their girls are befriending Muslim boys.”

Parts of Kaduna state lies in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region, where thousands of Christians have lost their lives in recent years in non-Boko Haram related violence. This has been marked by a growing number of attacks on Christian farmers by mainly Muslim Hausa-Fulani herdsmen. Last year researchers said that in 2016 violence in the Middle Belt had accounted for more deaths than those caused by Boko Haram.

110 schoolgirls still missing
Meanwhile, an attack on The Government Girls Science and Technical College in Dapche, part of northern Nigeria’s Borno state, has led to fears of “another Chibok”.

Most of the 926 students escaped, were rescued or later returned to the school, but an estimated 110 girls are unaccounted for. According to Reuters, two girls were killed.

It took the Nigerian government a week to confirm that 110 girls had been kidnapped, reported AP, and only on Tuesday (27 February) were their names released.

Leah Sherubu is the only Christian student among the list of missing girls, in what is a Muslim-dominated area.

President Muhammadu Buhari said the kidnapping was a “national disaster” and apologised to the girls’ families.

The military said it withdrew from Dapchi weeks before the attack because the town was “relatively calm” and its troops were needed elsewhere.

‘Prostitution is rife’ – sexual exploitation of Boko Haram survivors in IDP camps

Christian women living in IDP camps are vulnerable to sexual exploitation by government officials.

Thousands of Christians in north-east Nigeria displaced by Boko Haram’s insurgency now face discrimination and harsh treatment – including sexual exploitation – by government officials, reports Global Christian News (GCN).

While many thousands have been killed, others sought refuge in neighbouring Cameroon or in the relatively safe states in the Middle Belt and southern Nigeria. Still thousands of others, trapped in camps run by the government, are often forced to convert to Islam even to get food, GCN points out.

“Whenever supplies come, the sharing is chaotic. The officials would make us queue and usually fights break out as people struggle to jump queues, and if you are a Christian you are harassed and insulted. ‘Get out infidel!’ is usually what you hear all the time,” said Margaret, who was forced to leave the government-controlled NYSC camp in Maiduguri.

Christian women are particularly vulnerable, she noted, saying: “Muslim men come in their cars every evening and women are ‘arranged’ for them by some camp officials and middlemen who have access to the camps.”

She said prostitution is rife in the camps. “Our young vulnerable Christian teenage girls are being destroyed by men,” she said. “They deceive the girls, get them pregnant and divorce them. Many times the Muslims come to meet us [women] and say they want to marry us and take us away from the suffering. They say we should simply convert to Islam and all will be okay.”

The report also highlighted other forms of discrimination against Christians, notably in the reconstruction efforts. The governor of Borno state claimed that 20 churches have been rebuilt, but according to some Christian leaders, the picture the government is trying to paint to show its magnanimity is false.

“As you drive into Maiduguri from Damaturu, please do observe for yourself how many villages have been rebuilt by the Borno government. In each of the villages, the government will build a large mosque, whether that mosque existed before or not,” one pastor said.

GCN’s report echoes previous allegations of discriminations faced by Christians IDPs.

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Africa: Expanding Attacks Boko Haram Terrorizes the Region

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(Voice of the Persecuted) On Monday(July 27) the Boko Haram stormed into the Christian villages of Dille and Mwuthamam

More than 130 people were killed by female suicide bombers across Nigeria and Cameroon. It is believed that Islamic militants, Boko Haram carried out the attacks. The group has used women and young girls as suicide bombers in their latest series of attacks that have rocked the region. Many fear these females may have been those abducted by the militants and forced to strap on bombs in the militant group’s murderous onslaught.

On Sunday(July 26), a female suicide bomber detonated herself at the entrance of a market in Damaturu, Nigeria, killing 15 people and injuring 47, many in critical condition.  Witnesses say the 40 year old woman was well known and that she was mentally unstable.

In the fifth suicide attack to blast Cameroon in two weeks, a child bomber blew herself up on Saturday night(July 25) in a bar located in the town of Maroua, killing 20 and injuring at least 79. Only a week ago, Maroua had suffered an attack when two girls blew themselves up at a busy market—13 people were killed and at least 30 injured. The Cameroon army is part of the coalition battling the ravenous group. The town is the army’s headquarters for operations against the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. Cameroon has taken extensive security measures by banning motorbikes after dark and prohibited the full Islamic veil in Maroua.

During its six-year insurrection, Boko Haram has frequently used women and young girls as suicide bombers. Often the explosives are concealed under traditional religious garments.

On Friday (July 24) the group targeted Maikadiri village. Witnesses said at least 14 people died and 500 cows were slaughtered.

On Monday (July 27) Boko Haram militants choosing not to attract the attention of soldiers with gunfire, slit the throats of sixteen Christian fishermen on the shores of Lake Chad in the Nigerian state of Borno. This form of execution has been common in their 6 year terror campaign to install strict Islamic law in the region, particularly, Nigeria. All of the victims in this incident were Chadian citizens.

Bishop Rosario Pio Ramolo, of the Diocese of Goré, said, “Attacks have multiplied in Chad, causing the more than seventy deaths and two hundred wounded.” “The Chadian President Idriss Deby has declared open war against the Islamists and these acts represent an attempt at revenge. Before now the extremists had not acted in Chad, despite being on the border with Nigeria.”

Authorities also fear that Islamists have infiltrated among Central African refugees or among Chadians repatriated from the Central African Republic. Clothing covering all or part of the face, such as the burqa or hijab, the Islamic veil, has been prohibited.

The mayor of N’Djamena also illegallized begging for security reasons. (source)

On Wednesday (July 29)  Authorities in the border region of Diffa, in southeast Niger, banned the full Islamic veil Wednesday, following attacks in the province. They have also imposed a night-time curfew and extended a February ban on motorcycles, which are often used in raids by Boko Haram militants.

On Sunday (Aug. 2) Boko Haram fighters killed 13 people, injured 27 and set homes ablaze in an attack on Malari village in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state. Witnesses claim the militants accused them of conspiring with the military and notifying them of their camp locations. In a air/ground offense, the Nigerian military reported killing “a large number” of militants in repelling an attack on Bitta village near the Sambisa forest reserve.

During the raids, Nigeria’s military says it had rescued 178 people held by the Boko Haram in Borno state. In a statement on Sunday by Army spokesman Colonel Tukur Gusau, “101 of the those freed were children, 67 were women and 10 were men.” Last week, over 70 Boko Haram captives had also been rescued by the military.

Please remember to pray daily for those facing this horrific evil. May God fill them with supernatural peace and endurance as they press into Jesus, our eternal Savior.

Project 13:3 Nigeria, Voice of the Persecuted’s aid relief mission is working in one of the hardest hit areas in Nigeria. We’re covering Christians who have suffered great loss and incredible heartbreak. In a primitive refugee camp for the internally displaced, we help to supply the needs of over a hundred people, including widows and orphans. Help us to show the love of Christ for these suffering brethren—their emotional, physical and spiritual needs are so great.

If you would like to send an encouraging letter, please do so in the notes portion when donating. It truly uplifts them to hear from their family in Christ and know you are praying for them!

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Boko Haram intensifies terror attacks

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Nigeria: On July 10, a Boko Haram militant dressed as a woman was apprehended. He later confessed to being a member of the Islamist terrorist group. And told authorities that he intended to meet 29 other members who were present in Yola.

Monday, the Borno state police commissioner confirmed attacks by Boko Haram near Monguno.

“Boko Haram terrorists had on Friday night attacked Misala and Kalwa, which are two neighboring villages. The two villages are located not more than 17km from Monguno town on the way to Marte.

Through the night, they set houses ablaze. And later 43 persons were found dead either killed by gunshots or slaughtered like animals. They continued their attacks on other villages around the area, and set the homes ablaze. These villages had already been  abandoned, so there were no fatalities. A security member said many villages in the Monguno local government areas are being attacked almost  daily.

Chad: On July 11, a suicide bomber dressed as a woman (in a full-face veil) attacked a busy market in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad killing 15 people and injuring nearly 100. Military police tried to stop him, but was heard saying, “Allahu Akbar,” God is great in Arabic, before detonating himself.

A month ago, N’Djamena was the scene of a deadly attack that killed nearly 40 people. After that attack, Chad put a ban on women wearing the burqa attempting to prevent suicide attacks. In June, 2 more suicide bombings in N’Djamena killed 11 people.

The Chadian authorities have now stepped up their security measures and warned anyone found wearing the Muslim full-face veil would be arrested. With the latest attack, Chad plans to strictly enforce the ban. Paul Manga, national police spokesman was quoted as saying, “It now must be respected more than ever by the entire population.” And “Anyone who does not obey the law will be automatically arrested and brought to justice.”

Chad has been a major participant in the 4 nation coalition offensive (including Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon) to fight against Boko Haram. The Islamic terror group has publicly threatened the Chadian President with retaliation.

A deadly attack was thwarted when explosives were found at the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in the city of Jos on Sunday, July 12. Sources say the bombs were later defused by the Explosives Ordinance Division of the Nigerian Police Force. Jos is an area which has suffered at hands the militants during it’s 6 year long brutal campaign. 

A spokesman for the state police in Plateau said, “It was averted because the bomb was detected by the church’s security personnel. There were no casualties.” 

Cameroon: The Cameroonian military reported that at least 12 civilians and a Chadian soldier were killed in two suicide attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants in the town of Fotokol of northern Cameroon, in the evening on Sunday, July 12. An officer said the attacks were targeting a special forces camp located in the town.

Niger: The militants who intended free its members from the prison in the town of Diffa, were repelled according to the country’s military. Three Boko Haram members were killed, along with one soldier in the gun battle. The prison had been attack early this year in February by the Islamic militants.

Trying to instill fear, Boko Haram recently released a video showing gruesome execution similar to the ones seen in the ISIS videos.

On Monday, Nigeria’s new President Muhammadu Buhari fired the security chiefs of the army, navy and air force  as the country endures the worst period of violence by Islamist insurgents since he came to power six weeks ago.Replacements have been chosen but have not been announced.

View the Fox News interview with Former Ambassador John Campbell and Emmanuel Ogebe, a international human rights lawyer debate the extremist group’s capabilities. 

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Christian Leaders move to restore confidence among Nigerian Refugees in Cameroon

Nigerian Refugees in Maroua camp during the delegation visit of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria

Nigerian Refugees in Maroua camp during the delegation visit of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria

(Voice of the Persecuted) This morning, we received a report on the visit by Nigerian Bishops working together with their brethren in Cameroon.

MAROUA AND MAIDUGURI: TWO NEIGHBOURS SEPARATED BY BOKO-HARAM AND THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS MOVE TO RESTORE CONFIDENCE AMONG NIGERIAN REFUGEES IN CAMEROUN

The Catholic Diocese of Maroua in the far Northern Region of Cameroun and that of Maiduguri in the North East of Nigeria have a lot in common. Apart from sharing a common boundary, the people in the area have similar language and culture; they do many things in common. It takes at least an average of one hour to drive from Maroua into Maiduguri and vice versa. Before the Boko-Haram invasion when the environment was safe, people from Maroua entered into Maiduguri for business and pleasure. And they could go back freely without difficulties. Pastorally, the two Bishops of Maiduguri and Maroua have utilized their cordial relationship to their optimum benefits. They visit each other at will, as well as exchange Pastoral programs and personnel.

Sadly today, the story is no more the same. The border between Cameroun and Nigeria in the North-East is closed because of Boko-Haram insurgency. It is no longer possible to move freely in that area between Maroua and Maiduguri. The Boko-Haram insurgency appears to have temporarily destroyed and put to a halt what used to be a peaceful and free exchange between the two border Dioceses.

“We have been good neighbours, until Boko-Haram separated us. We can no longer move freely into each other’s domain as a result of the insecurity created by the Boko-Haram insurgency.” said Most Rev Bruno Ateba, the Catholic Bishop of Maroua in Cameroun.

It is in Maroua that over 36,000 Nigerian Refugees who were displaced by the Boko-Haram attacks are being housed by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Many of the Refugees, comprising men, women and children had to trek on foot through long distances for days, without water and food, to get to where they are now. Safety has come at a heavy price for them as they are now sheltering in neighbouring Cameroon.

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Children sit in front of tarpaulin used by UNHCR for sheltering refugees at Minawao Camp – Maroua, Cameroon

Although happy to be alive and escape the Islamic militant group, they now live in camp made with tarpaulins from UNHCR. They scratch around for food and water in the huge refugee camp north of Manoua which is now a temporary home, while hoping that the situation in Nigeria will be better so that they will go back to their ancestral homes.

“Providing pastoral care for over 36,000 Refugees is not an easy task. It is a big challenge for our diocese. That is why we brought the matter to the attention of the Episcopal Conference of Cameroun, who in turn notified the Episcopal Conference of Nigeria about the plight of the Nigerian Refugees here in our diocese,” said Bishop Bruno, the Bishop of Maroua where the Refugees are camped.

The Nigerian delegation marching into Maoura camp: Bishop Ugorj(Umuahia); Bishop Manza (Yola) and Bishop Doeme(Maiduguri)

The Nigerian delegation marching into Maoura camp: Bishop Ugorj(Umuahia); Bishop Manza (Yola) and Bishop Doeme(Maiduguri)

Last Friday(5/3/2015), a delegation of the Episcopal Conference of the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria (CBCN) led by Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji the Bishop of Umuahia and the Chairman of Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (CCFN) visited the camp popularly called Minawao Camp in Maroua Cameroun. Also in that delegation were Bishops Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri; Stephen Dami Manza of Yola; Rev. Fr. Evaristus Bassey, Executive Secretary of CCFN, and Rev. Fr. Chris NAnyanwu, Director of Social Communications of Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria(CSN).

The Nigerian delegation was welcomed at the camp by Most Rev Samuel Kieda, the Archbishop of Daola and the President of Episcopal Conference of Cameroun, who led other bishops from Cameroun to the camp.

“We are here on a fact-finding mission.” Said Bishop Ugorji, the leader of the Nigerian delegation. “As soon as we received the information about the plight of the Nigerian Refugees during our First Plenary meeting in Abuja a week ago, we moved into action as a Conference. That is why we are here to see things for ourselves and what areas we can provide succour and immediate assistance.” Bishop Ugorji explained while addressing the Refugees in Minawao camp, Cameroun.

According to him, “We are here to encourage you. We are here to facilitate your going back to Nigeria. We will ensure that your plight here will get an immediate attention of the Federal government of Nigeria who too are aware of our visit. Christ was a refugee in Egypt. And it is only a refugee who understands better the feelings and emotions of a fellow refugee. Christ is therefore here in many ways to guide and console you. Today, this camp has become your Egypt. But we want to reassure you that just as God led the Israelites from Egypt to the Promised Land, He will lead you all back to your homes.” Bishop Ugorji concluded.

Bishop Ugorji also thanked the United Nations Agency for Refugees (UNHCR), for their prompt response to the plight of the Refugees. He expressed his gratitude in particular to the Diocese of Maroua and the entire Episcopal Conference of Cameroun for their hospitality towards the welfare of Nigerians. “Their action demonstrates the Ecclesial unity of the Church in responding to human needs irrespective of tribe, nation or even religion.” He said.

But for Bishop Oliver Doeme, the Catholic Bishop of Maiduguri, whose Diocese is worst hit by the Boko-Haram insurgency; it was a moment of reunion with some of his displaced flock.

Bishop Doeme of Maiduguri along side other Bishops prays for the Refugees at Maroua camp

Bishop Doeme of Maiduguri along side other Bishops prays for the Refugees at Maroua camp

“I am happy that I’m part of this delegation. It is a fantastic mission and a wonderful show of solidarity which will go a long way to strengthen the Refugees. Our presence here today, is a moral boost for them and a reassurance that they are not abandoned.” Said Bishop Doeme.

The joy of the Refugees knew no bound as they saw the Bishops pray and bless them.

The general sentiment in Minawao camp accompanied with the prayers of the Bishops for the Refugees was a great desire to see to the end of Boko-Haram insurgency in Nigeria.

“Boko-Haram is evil and we must use every resource at our disposal to get it out. We don’t have guns. Our gun is our prayers. We urge all Christians to pray, especially in this period of lent for a lasting peace and final resolution of the crisis in Nigeria so that our people can live.” Said Bishop Oliver

At the long run, with the operational gains of the military so far in the renewed effort of the Nigerian government to fight the insurgency, and coupled with the combine forces from Cameroun, Niger and Chad, there is every reason to believe that the end of Boko-Haram attacks in Nigeria is in sight.

By Fr. Chris N Anyanwu

Fr. Chris Anyanwu is the National Director of Social Communications at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Abuja.

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Another Young girl suicide bomber kills five in Nigeria

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Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) – A girl thought to be as young as seven-years-old on Sunday killed herself and five others in a suicide bombing in northeast Nigeria as President Goodluck Jonathan conceded his government had underrated the capacity of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.  (Read More)

Another young girl this time as young as 7 years old.   Our hearts go out to the family of this child and the families of the victims.  It’s becoming common place for this demoniacal band to use children.  As we reported in the past, Boko Haram will kill men, and kidnap the wives and children.  Indoctrinating these precious children with a satanic ideology that teaches them to kill.  Or worse, they take an innocent child and strap a bomb to them and set them off in the market place.  In addition to the five that were killed, 19 were injured.

“Potiskum is the largest city in Yobe state with booming business in the area. It has one of the largest Cattle markets in Africa and the largest in West Africa. Most of the cattle are transported to other parts of the country”  It’s seen it’s share of sorrow and attacks from Boko Haram.

  • On 3 November 2014, at least 30 people were killed as the result of a suicide bombing at a Shia Muslim religious procession at Faydia Islamic school.
  • On 10 November 2014, over 40 students were killed by a suicide bomber during a student assembly at the Government Science Secondary School.”
  • On 11 January 2015, four people were killed and over 40 were injured at Kasuwar Jagwal GSM market after an attack by two female suicide bombers, one of whom appeared to be about 15 years old.
  • A car bombing on the same day killed 2 and wounded 1 at the Divisional Police Station

Boko Haram has launched a fierce attack on Maiduguri recently and as we reported cut all roads off but one.  It has put the approx. 200,000 Christians there on edge and in danger of attack.

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Goodluck Jonathon said today that his government underestimated the threat of Boko Haram.  Cameroon, Chad and Niger have sent their militaries to Nigeria to combat Boko Haram.  France is visiting Nigeria and urging Nigeria to commit to fully combating the savage group.  “It is necessary that there be full commitment from Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram,” he told reporters during a press conference in Niger’s capital, Niamey.  France is offering intelligence sharing and other assistance to the 3 armies.

The presidential election is still 4 weeks away, and what was said a month ago to be a neck and neck race is turning it seems for Buhari, an ex-military dictator.

It seems as if the media is uplifting him.  As we have said before he has a very checkered past.  He led Nigeria after a coup, until he himself was ousted.  According to a report from NBC Human-rights groups have accused Buhari’s regime of crushing political dissent and installing harsh military values into civilian life.”A lot of journalists and civil society campaigners were arrested and thrown in jail without a trial,” Nigerian author and historian Max Siollun told NBC News. “This was either because they were critical of the government of accused of fomenting dissent among opposition groups.” (More

He has promised to crush Boko Haram, something that until now has not been done.  Millions are throwing their vote to him because of this promise.  Nigerians are weary, the slaughter and sorrow they have seen is immeasurable and would break a seasoned war veteran. They have endured so much suffering.  Christians especially.  Two Million are displaced and hundreds of thousands have been killed.

  • Pray for Nigeria, pray for the election to be peaceful.
  • Pray for knowledge wisdom and guidance to the people as they elect their leader.
  • Pray for protection and for God to intervene.
  • Pray for Comfort for the suffering.
  • Pray for all the children held captive by Boko Haram to be released
  • Pray for the widows and their children
  • Pray for the Clergy there for strength and courage in their ministry to the suffering

By C. Refsland/L. Kanalos VOP Advocates

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Voice of the Persecuted is an interdenominational organization standing with and stepping up for the persecuted. Together with your generous support, we can reach the goal to alleviate their suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.

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Everyday, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and further His Kingdom! As you have greatly blessed others, may God continue to bless you. Thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t do it without you!

Boko Haram Violence: Can Nigeria and regional forces defeat the jihadist group?

Violence Escalating In Diffa Niger, Maiduguri, And More Threats From Boko Haram

"Diffa 1" by Mab.black - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

“Diffa 1” by Mab.black – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Diffa is a city and Urban Commune in the extreme southeast of Niger, near that country’s border with Nigeria. It is the administrative seat of both Diffa Region, and the smaller Diffa Department.  Diffa marks the eastern end of the paved section of Route Nationale 1, the main east west highway across Niger, although the section between Zinder and Diffa is only partially paved in places. 

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — The Nigeria-based Islamic extremist group Boko Haram escalated its attacks in neighboring countries Monday, as a car bomb exploded in one Niger town repeatedly targeted by the militants and residents said other fighters in Cameroon had abducted 20 people aboard a public bus.

Neighboring countries like Chad and Cameroon have joined together and sent forces to battle Boko Haram.  Boko Haram recently released a video declaring that they could not be stopped specifically targeting Niger, Chad and Cameroon.    The video asked for Muslims to denounce democracy and come to Sharia.  There was a protest over the weekend in Cameroon by the people denouncing Boko Haram and supporting their troops to fight them.  The governments have said that Boko Haram will be gone in 6 weeks.  “They won’t be there. They will be dismantled,” Referencing the postponement of the elections until March.   (More)

Those fleeing Boko Haram are desperate and overwhelmed.

There also has been fierce fighting in Maiduguri.  According to NBC news in a recent report, 4 of the 5 roads leading into the city have been blocked by Boko Haram.  Maiduguri has a population of about 2 million and is known for it’s trade.  People are attempting to flee, but many can’t for the lack of money.

Deadly attacks by the militant group Boko Haram have put a stranglehold on one of Nigeria’s key cities, limiting supplies and sending prices skyrocketing amid mounting fears of a massacre.  Four of the five roads out of Maiduguri have been blocked off by Boko Haram, which has mounted two large-scale assaults in the past 10 days on the city. The city is the birthplace of the insurgency and a potential jewel in the crown of the militants’ caliphate. (More)

 

Many residents fear it is only a matter of time before the city is overrun.

Screenshot Maiduguri aftermath (Feb. 2015)

Screenshot Maiduguri aftermath (Feb. 2015)

It’s very dangerous and difficult to verify reports with those on the ground.  Some Facts about Maiduguri:

  • Its residents are mostly Muslim including Kanuri,Hausa, Shuwa, Bura, Marghi, and Fulani ethnic groups. There is also a considerable Christian population.
  • Muslim supremacists in the region have been mass murdering non-Muslims since the 60’s and 70’s, while members of religious sects led intercomunal violence in 1982 and 2001.  But never on this scale and magnitude we are seeing now.
  • On 18 February 2006, riots related to the Prophet Muhammad cartoons published by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten left at least 15 people dead, and resulted in the destruction of approximately 12 churches.
  • Maiduguri was also the scene of major religious violence throughout Northeast Nigeria committed by an Islamist group, Boko Haram, in July 2009, leaving over 700 people dead.
  •  Since 2009  the numbers have drastically increased.  Those killed numbering in the tens of thousands and those displaced by them are over 1 million.  The amount of territory they have ravaged and control has recently been described as the size of Belgium.

It’s impossible to know the suffering these people feel as they watch their lives, their homes, their towns overrun by evil approaching in the cover of darkness slaughtering, kidnapping and rape.  One refugee camp has been evicted as they will need this camp for security forces coming in to monitor the elections.  It has been said that the government gave them 60,000 N ($300.00)  to go into town and rent a house.  These people have not had adequate food for at least a month and now they are faced with eviction from a safe haven.

Prayer Points:

  1. Pray for God’s intervention.
  2. Pray for strength and courage for God’s people.
  3. Pray for Christ’s light to be shown to the attackers and for God to change their hearts of hate into hearts filled with love.
  4. Pray for God to show these precious soul’s fleeing that He is with them, and will guide them to peace.

C. Refsland/VOP Advocate/News Analyst

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